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good morning, america. >> get dow >> tornadoes touch down in the northeast, as severe weather rattles the country from coast-to-coast. the hottest temperatures ever melt the west. breaking news in the battle for michael jackson's children. abc news has learned a custody agreement has been reached. who will get the kids? plus, michael jackson's personal chef tells us what jackson's doctor was really doing every day in the jackson home. an abc news exclusive. the white house beer summit. the president, the professor and the policeman, meet today over a few cold beers. will they emerge arm in arm? and look what one little boy will do to avoid church. a 7-year-old, driving a stolen will do to avoid church. a 7-year-old, driving a stolen car. captions paid for by abc, inc. and good morning, america. diane sawyer with robin roberts
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on this wednesday, july 30th, 2009. and people on both sides of the country, waking up to severe weather. >> a tornado touched down just west of new york city. and a wall of severe weaer from maine to virginia. the stomp durm dumped as much ae inches of rain. >> seattle, recording the hottest temperatures in history. 103 degrees in seattle. >> of course, sam has been tracking all of this for us this morning. good morning, sam. >> good morning. abc stations everywhere and folks capturing these storms live. we're going to show you the pictures this morning. we start with straussburg, pennsylvania. this is declared an ef-2 tornado. 111 to 120-mile-per-hour. about 2,000 people or more without power there. cell phone video of a funnel cloud in new jersey. possibleornado. you don't see the tornado -- or the funnel cloud doesn't touch to the ground. it's not really a tornado there.
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enough for trees down. power lines down. strong enough to take roofs off radar showinnot rahe lee buthddmi t e thdd of of the country this morning. to oklahoma cico, tydallas,, a co, wacothwi severe storm therthe's. this is a powerful morning. there's been thunderstorm warnings. tornado warnings there. they're active right now. >> the northwest is getting pounded with heat. >> we've been talking about that for a couple of days. but here goes the heat. not only record-high temperatures, more than half a dozen, but all-time record-high temperatures. it's never been warmer in the record-keeping history. olympia, washington, 104. that seattle number, 100 degrees was previously the warmest they'd ever seen. they're trying to keep the zoo animals in portland, by the way. pictures of them, hosing down the bears, six times a day. and keeping the elephants in the pools. >> a lot of people don't have air conditions out there. >> these temperatures have never been there before.
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>> more coming up. >> yes. >> all right, sam. we're going to turn to another headline this morning. breaking news from abc and n the michael jackson investigation. we have learned that a custody agreement regarding the jackson children has been reached. let's head straight to abc's lisa fletcher in los angeles. lisa? >> reporter: good morning, diane. this morning, we have learned the fate omichael jackson's three children, paris, prince and blanket. a custody agreement has been reached the jacksons and debbie rowe. under the agreement, katherine jackson would get permanent custody of michael's kids, prince, paris and blanket. but debbie rowe would keep her parental rights. the agreement also states that a child psychologist will be hired and paid for by both parties. katherine also indicating she should be a co-executiver. and questioning whether the current executors, care about looking at michael's legacy and
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heirs. katherine says she wants to know more about what she calls a suspicious circle of relationships, according to a statement from her attorney. meanwhile, the issue of jackson's fourth child remains unresolved. despite body's claims he's not jackson's child, joe jackson told tv-1 last night, the rumors are true. >> he looks like a jackson. he acts like a jackson. he can dance like a jackson. >> reporter: all parties in the custody agreement will be in superior court in los angeles on monday. they fully expect the judge to approve the agreement. diane? >> all right, lisa. thanks for all this. coming up in our next half hour, exclusive interview with one of michael jackson's personal chefs, who tells us what it's like living in the home with him. and what he witnessed jackson's doctor doing inside the home. some are subbing the suds o suds summit meeting. later, the president will share a peer with harvard professor henry louis gates, and the police officer who arrested him,
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cambridge police sergeant james crowley. the question is, can the meeting ease the brewing discussion about race in america? jake tapper has all the details for us. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning, robin. it was exactly two weeks ago that professor gates and sergeant crowley had their war of words. and eight days since president obama inserted himself, saying the cambridge police acted stupidly. call it is audacity of hops. cold beers on a hot night, with a topic that can be scorching. the three men will come together somewhere outside the oval office to chat. >> the president will drink bud light. professor gates said he likes red stripe. and i believe sergeant crowley indicated he likes blue moon. >> reporter: it's red, white and blue. >> the cambridge police acted stupidly. >> reporter: trying to calm the
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waters after that comment, the president called crowley, suggesting they hoist one together. >> alcohol usually cool things off. >> it's part of 'bama's new approach to diplomacy. how would they handle it on "cheers"? >> reporter: a spokesman for crowley said it is his understanding that they are all going to agree on disagree, on whether gates was a victim of racial profiling. gates said on sirius radio, that he expects an apology from crowley. >> i think that he's probably trying to protect himsel i think he feels very vulnerable. i think that he knows what he did was wrong. >> reporter: that's a reference that contrary to the police report, the original 911 caller said she made no mention of race to crowley. she said she originally saw people trying to break into a house. some critics say gates should have shown more respect for the police. and not automatically assumed that the police were judging him
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on his race. but former defense attorney, paul butler, says that avoids the biggest issue. >> when the police were messing with a 58-year-old man with a cane, they weren't catching the real bad guys. they weren't doing their job effectively. and that's the problem with racial profiling. it's not about kumbaya. >> reporter: the white house says that both crowley and gates will be bringing their families to the white house. and both families will be given a tour. diane? >> jake, thanks to you. and everybody is weighing in on what happened, what didn't what happen, on the tempers, the means, the motives. we asked sol people you'll recognize for what they thought about the lesson learned. >> there is no african-american in this country that's not been exposed to this type of situation. do you get angry? yes. do you manifest that anger? you protest. you try to get things fixed. but it's kind of the better course of action to take it easy. and don't let your anger make
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the current situation worse. >> if i were the officer, i'd tell president obama in the most respectful way possible, you can take your can of beer and shove it. you're rewarding gates for his behavior. and treating us both as if we're equally at fault. i was not fault. he was. >> black people are tired of being pushed around. a policeman doesn't like to be pushed around. both of them should have been a lot more sensitive to the other. >> people on both sides sometimes need to just kind of take a deep breath. you know, don't go with your instincts. don't go with what your first reaction is. >> look, there's been a lot of discussion about race and class and all of that. and that's a useful discussion. that's a good thing to do. but in the end, i'm not sure that women of the same races and classes would have behaved the same way. >> it's a good thing for the president to deal with it. it is a good thing for each of us to come out and sit down and
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talk. and find, to our amazement, that we are more alike than we are unalike. >> maya angelou, of course. and from maya angelou,e go to chief washington correspondent, host of "this week," george stephanopoulos. what's the statement the white house thinks to get from this? >> what they want to learn from this, is don't use the word stupidly in a press conference from now on. today is, i think they hope the moment that closes this conversation down. the white house aides insist, there's no premade statement tonight. no promise of an apology. >> something has to happen. >> i think it will. and i think they're hoping the chemistry at the table takes over. it's cordial. and they can come out and say, this is fine. we learned a lot here. let's move on. >> do they think there's permanent damage with police forces around the country? >> they aren't sure of it. but they don't want to have the
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continued focus on this issue, as they're trying to pass health care and everything. >> may this be the week, they think, they hope, that it gets out of the headlines. let's talk about health care. if you'll cut through the red tape with us, we have a banner that george is going to do this for us. for the last 24 hours, as you know, the house has began to shuffle through a compromise. does this mean, this morning, it is virtually certain there will be a health care bill by the end of the year? >> no guarantees. but we're farther along. and what you're learning is whatever health care bill emerges, and it won't be until the end of the year. but whatever emerges, will be smaller. will cost less. will have less government involvement than some of the original plans suggested. but it's going to move very, very slowly. >> scaling back the big push now, to smaller, possible things. i want to run through some of what you reported last night on the headlines and the house compromise. and we should say the senate has not compromised yet. in the house, cutting the cost
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to under $1 trillion. and less pressure on small businesses? >> exempting small businesses from the requirement to get insurance for your employers. it used to be, if you made $250,000 in revenues, you were exempted. e government hat to $500,000. health insurance. it wouldn't have the same power that medicare has to negotiate with. you saw this from the president yesterday, a lot more focus on the what's in it for me? questions for people back home in these core insurance reforms, that i think there is a consensus developing on. you can't be denied health insurance if you have a pre-existing health condition. number two, you can't be dropped from your health insurance if you get sick. and number three, doing away with these lifetime caps on coverage. >> these are emerging as noegotiatible? >> i believe those are emerging in every plan. >> new polls about health care? >> it shows how difficult things
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are for the president. 75% of the public are worried that the cost of their own health care, their own health care, is going to go up if there's reform. turn it around. 77%, worried that the costs are going to go up if there's no reform. it shows why there's a stalemate here right now. >> on this immensely complicated issue. can't wait for the roundtable to weigh in on the beer summit and a lot more, this sunday on "this week." now, chris has the other headlines. chs? >> thank you, diane. we have new information on who will be the first to receive the vaccine for the h1n1 virus, or the swine flu. according to a government panel, first in line, will be health care workers, pregnant women, college students, and those who care for infants. this list covers nearly 160 million people. that's about half the u.s. population. raising concern about whether there will be enough vaccine in time for flu season. it already appears the doses will arrive later than first hoped.
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we have a miraculous end to tell you about to just a horrific story. darlene haynes was eight months pregnant, when she was found murdered in her worcester, massachusetts, home. her baby removed from her body. last night, working on a tip, police tracked down an acquaintance of haynes and found the baby in good health. friends of the suspect alerted police after becoming suspicious when they saw the story on the news. rising unemployment is crippling most of this country, and causing the foreclosure crisis to spread. new numbers show foreclosure kriss above average in illinois. cities in california, nevada, and arizona, accounted for one-third of all the filings in the first half of this year. heavy rain is being blamed for causing this 40-car pileup on a highway in north carolina. that stretch is about a mile on i-40, outside of raleigh.
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incredibly, the only injury, a broken leg. but what a tangled mess. finally, you'd have to see this to believe it. police in utah are in a car chase. okay? i've and car chases. the suspect is driving through stop science at about 40 miles per hour. manages to keep control of the car, as you would suspect. until look who jumps out of the car. a 7-year-old. a 7-year-old was driving the car. he had taken his father's car in a bold attempt to avoid going to church. look at him. he takes off into the garage. i don't know where he thought he was going. he was apprehended. nobody was hurt. that's the news at 7:14. >> did you see him take off out of the car? >> he was determined. some penance coming his way. >> what jury would convict him from running from a long sermon of a church at that age? >> daddy will convict him. >> that's right. daddy. >> family court. sam has the rest of the weather this morning. >> i remember borrowing a pen and drawing on the programs. then, they would elbow you.
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no, you have to pay attention. i remember that. >> and spit out your gum. >> exactly. we're going to start with the heat going on out in the northwest. here's a better day coming. but this is still not great news. let's make some comparisons. the warmest number ever yesterday in seattle, talking about 103. slam that number -- it had never been more than 100 degrees before in that area. that had only happened once. now, 103 yesterday. 99 during the day today. that sounds much better. but the normal temperature in seattle is 77 this time of year. that's why, at the top of the show, robin was saying, a lot of these folks do not have air conditioning. we're talking about portland, at 98. yakima at 99 degrees. they're 20 degrees above normal. and record-high temperatures today. here's where the strong storms are kicking this morning. this will happen and fire up all day long. 60-mile-per-hour to 80-mile-per-hour. and large hail involved in that, as well.
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>> good good morng, iabrnbr van de graaff here i w theaener c weather center. today, we are not seeing as much activity as yesterday. your forecast today calls for partly sunny, hot, and a sticky with a slight chance of a storm. more storms tomorrow 90 degrees today in los 70's tonight. more storms tomorrow 90 degrees today in los 70's tonight.
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and when we come back with weather in the next half hour, we'll talk about how all these storms in the deep south could have flooding with them, as well. robin? >> sam, thank you. now, to a controversial plan that pays homeless people to leave town by picking up the tab for airfare, bus fare, whatever way they choose to hit the road. it's happened elsewhere. it's happening now in new york city. and dan harris has that. >> reporter: the mayor of new york city say he's doing the right thing here. but critics say he's coming up with a way to deal with the homelessness proem. new york city has come up with a controversial solution to a nagging homelessness problem. one-way tickets, sometimes for entire famies with children, to places they have relatives. places like florida, for $858. puerto rico for $484. paparifor r $6,300 for aamilyy f ve. and enouth a africa, for the last two years, new york
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city has relocated 564 families, by plane, train and bus, to more an 24 states andnd 5 continent at a cost of $500,00000 a year. this program is now being hotly debated on b blogs and cable ne shows.s. and ridiculed by rush limbau >> i wonder if they give them any cupcakes for t the p plane flight. >> reporter: mayor bloomberg points out that relocacation is much less expensive than e $36,000 a year that it costs to keep a family in a new york shelter. >> keep in mind, nobody's forcing these people to go. they want to go. >> reporter: some advocates for the homeless are critical. >> all they're doing is shifting the problem to another municipality. >> reporter: city officials say they only relocate families once they know what's waiting for them on the other end. >> we identify outside new york city, resources they have. they will either be going to their own apartment.
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going to live with a family. or going to live with a friend. they are going to a home. >> reporter: theresa small smith, originally from l.a., now in new york city and homeless, wants to participate. >> i hope my parents are there. >> reporter: this idea has been tried in other places like california, nevada and florida. new york officials say, they do make calls to make sure everything's all right on the other end. not one family has return to the shelters after being relocated. >> let's talk here. they're not being forced to do this. it's if they want to go? >> that's what the city official said. >> it's one thing if they want to go and have a support system. but you're saying it might prevent people from seeking help. >> they haven't come back to the city because they don't have the money to come back. that's a little of an odd statistic. >> some homeless advocates fear that people are being pressured to leave. >> they do ask them, when they come to the shelter, what their wishes are? >> yes.
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>> let us know what you think. after the break, when we return, michael jackson's private chef, telling us what jackson's personal doctor was really doing every day. and the hidden danger of lyme n caitew re ca it rewire your brain? can it make you violent enough to attack? the new epidemic of what they call lyme rage.ca ♪
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this is a story we have been falling all morning. fire investigators are trying to find out what caused a two-alarm fire. we go live to nw dc. >> the investigation resumes this morning as to what may have caused the fire. the fire went for the home of a well-known community activist in d.c. family is on vacation and there are no injuries to report. we're not sure if anyone was inside. authorities tell us that neighbors went to rescue their dogs. the blaze broke out last night
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and firefighters arrived but it took in nearly two hours to put it out. a lack of water pressure in the surrounding hydrants hindered their efforts. the was filled with in valuable artwork and authorities tell us it is now a total loss. federal investigators looking into the train collision last month say a piece of equipment replaced five days before the crash may have affected the system's performance. investigators also found electrical equipment has not been replaced since the mid 1970's. funeral services will be held today for two of the victims of the helicopter crash last week on i-70. one victim is from damascus and one is from manchester.
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the helicopter struck power lines last thursday night. the memorial service for all the victims will be held next week at the frederick municipal airport. hikes in gas, sales, and other things are indicated to help close a massive budget gap. redskins fans have been waiting for training camp which starts today. it gets underway in about one hour. this is free and open to the public. you can bring food and drinks. you will have to leave your video cameras at home. we will have another news update at 7:56. for continuous news coverage, tunen to our sister station, news channel 8.
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him. >> there's breaking news in the michael jackson case. as we've been reporting this morning, abcews has learned that jackson's mother,haatherine jackson, has reached a custody agreement with debbie rowe. katherine will get permanent custody of the children. but debbie rowe will get meaningful visitation. and the court has yet to sign off on that. we say good morning, america, on this thursday morning. alongside diane, i'm robin. we're going to take a closer look at something they're calling lyme rage. there's new concern that the disease can rewire your brain. can it actually make your more aggressive? we're going to tell you what we have learned. and that's ahead. >> a lot of people are talking about this. and they're a little skeptical. we'll try to clear things up for you this morning. first, this half hour, our exclusive interview, with a man who may help determine how michael jackson died.
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he was his personal chef. and he saw what jackson's doctor did every day. lisa fletcher in los angeles again. good morning, lisa. >> reporter: good morning, robin. we spoke with michael jackson's chef, douglas jones. he gave us insight on what was going on in the jackson household. and the role that dr. conrad murray played. >> he was to monitor mr. jackson during the evening. health-wise. to monitor him health-wise, to see how he was sleeping. >> reporter: most people think this is a healthy, 50-year-old man. he doesn't have anything noticeably wrong with him. why would he need someone to monitor him at night? >> my whole take on it was that he seemed like a fragile-type person. >> reporter: didn't site seem strange that he wanted someone to watch him sleep? >> you can have suspicions. but my role was a chef. >> reporter: at what time did your intuition kick in? >> once i saw the oxygen tanks. but the diprivan and the oxygen
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never came together for me, until once he passed away. >> reporter: did you ever notice marks on michael jackson's body? >> close to his elbow area. there was like a scar. >> reporter: was it on this side of his arm? >> yeah. it was. >> reporter: was it on the backside? >> i did notice it. but i left it alone. you know? but looking back now, you know, things come together and puzzle together. like, it could have been, you know, where, you know, needl were placed for the diprivan or whatever. >> reporter: jones says dr. murray would stay at the house five nights a week. come at night. and leave in the morng. >> it was him and mr. jackson, one-on-one. he never got into detail with me about how -- what he was treating mr. jackson for. >> reporter: and this morning, new details about murray. despite reports that he was earning more than $100,000 a month, abc news has learned he has money problems. numerous lawsuits and liens for outstanding debt. and in at least one instance,
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failure to pay child support. and past legal problems. this is murray's mug shot from his 1994 arrest, trial and akuwaital for domestic violence. jones says michael and the kids were the most loving family he'd seen in a long time. but michael's son, prince, assumed a grown-up role. there are reports the day that michael jackson died, there are reports that murray screamed for prince when he came down the stairs. did that seem out of place to hear those reports? >> no. to me, that's perfectly normal. that would be the first pers on he would go to. >> reporter: why? he's 12 years old. >> he was playing the role of a go-between. a liaison. >> reporter: his father is presumably in cardiac arrest. why would a an adult man -- >> probably because security wasn't allowed in the house. only when they were called, were
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they entering the home. that's probably why his first instinct was to call prince. >> reporter: but jones told us house phones directly contacted security. on the day that jackson died, dr. murray told police he couldn't call to get help because the phones in the house were disconnected. we want to mention that chef douglas jones has a new book out. it's called "fade to black, the culinary works of a new american chef." >> we're back at 7:34. we're turning to another confounding mystery in the news this morning. a highway crash that killed eight people in upstate new york this weekend. police say the driver of the van was a mom who was speeding 70 miles per hour down the wrong side of the road. what was going on? it was a fast highway. she had a car full of children. did she have vision problems when she slammed head-on into another vehicle? abc's andrea canning went to the scene of the crash. >> reporter: in a split-second, eight people lost their lives in this horrific crash.
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among them, diane schuller, her 2-year-old daughter and three, young nieces. the devoted 36-year-old mother was responsible for the crash. she was driving in the wrong direction when she struck an suv head-on, killing the three men inside. >> diane is really cautious. you know? like mothers are with children. they had to be a really serious explanation for that. >> reporter: the strange thing is, schuller drove nearly two miles before she crashed. and the more police try to figure out what happened, the more they say it makes no sense at all. the family was driving home from this campground. it was a route schuller knew well. when she reached this bridge, she called her brother to tell him she wasn't feeling well. he told her to pull over immediately. she told him she was disoriented. >> she was having trouble seeing. >> reporter: but even though she was worried enough to call her brother, she made the fatal turn. this was the exit where schuller
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entered the parkway, despite the fact that science clearly indicate it's the wrong way. she drove in the fast lane, against oncoming traffic as cars swerved to miss her. >> i don't understand how she continued to make the same mistake. maybe inially she was confused. but she had a long time to correct the mistake. >> reporter: cars move along at least 55 miles per hour. you can only imagine how terrifying it would be to have another driver coming at you, head-on. >> if we had been 30 seconds later, we would have been hit by her. >> reporter: the men ithis suv weren't so lucky. schuller's autopsy ruled out a heart attack or aneurysm. and police don't believe she was suicidal. the only person who may shed light on what happened, is schuller's o own 5-year-old son who is recovering from head injuries. the lone survivor in the crash, with so many unanswered questions. for "good morning america," andrea canning, abc news, new york.
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as we said, it's a mystery that just keeps deepening, as you hear more about it. heading over for the weather. and sam. >> good morning, diane. big storms that were rolling through northeast last night. and likely, we'll see one or two pop up today. here's some pictures out of pennsylvania. a confirmed tornado. we had more than ten? ten tornadoes reported in colorado yesterday. one in pennsylvania. one in new jersey. this is the damage of an ef-2. greater than 111-mile-per-hour winds. just a few hundred folks without power, from what was about 10,000 after that storm moved through. here's the northeast this morning. 86 in new york. 89 degrees in d.c. pittsburgh about 80 degrees. one or two widely-scattered storms. but not as bad as it was during the day yesterday. where there will be bad storms today, waco, shreveport, columbus, into memphis. little rock is where the heaviest rain will fall. right here, near lexington, kentucky, to the south of
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lexington. and almost as far back as louisville, we'll see heavy rainfall totals in these storms. when they pop up, they will be carrying huge rainfall amounts. two, three, four inches easily. on we ar watching a day that will be in between storms. it is still muggy and all that weather was brought to you by build-a-bear workshop, diane. >> thanks, sam. coming up next, they're calling it lyme rage. can lyme disease change the chemistry in your brain? your personality?
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this morning, there are high-wattage hearings in washington, on one of the most controversial diseases in the country, lyme disease. more and more scientific evidence is showing it can rewire your brain. and in some cases, may even change your personality. our elisabeth leamy has more. >> reporter: they're tiny insects that can cause big problems. ticks, carrying of lyme disease. and there are more of them this year than ever. >> this has been a nice, wet spring. bugs are going crazy. ticks are going crazy. >> reporter: 20,000 americans are infected every year. but countless others go undiagnosed, missing out on critical eatment. and some argue, triggering a chronic, crippling form of the disease. the fallout might be more than
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just physical. some believe lyme disease, when left untreated, can rewire our brains and change our personalities. >> i'm convinced that lyme in a chronic form can affect psychiatric issues. can affect neurologic issues. and you can have neurologic problems. >> reporter: but other experts say lyme disease has no permanent effects on the brain. >> it's not going to cause specific changes in behavior. not cause any radical change in behavior that would otherwise not be there. >> reporter: still, lyme patient, kelly coulis says she saw herself changeover night. >> some say that's obsessive/compulsive. but it's not. >> reporter: some say it can lead to episodes of aggression, dubbed lyme rage. terry sedlack has lyme disease. and lyme rage is part of his
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defense. critics call that a twist on the so-called twinkie defense, used by the man who assassinated activist harvey milk. >> if i happen to have lyme disease and get run over by a truck, the lyme disease didn't cause my broken leg. >> reporter: for "good morning america," elisabeth leamy, abc news. we're joined now by our medical contributor, dr. marie savard. we've heard all of the studies. and such a controversial issue here. what do you think? >> i think lyme disease is a serious problem. it's a spiral key. it can grow into the heart, muscles, joints, skin and brain. it is serious. it can cause serious complications if not treated early. but the good news is, if you identify it and treat it early, that helps. on the other hand, those who have not been treated, who have chronic symptoms. >> right. >> studies have shown that treating with long-term antibiotics seem not to work. i think the real question is, we
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need to do a lot more investigation to find out who has what and how to treat them better. >> you're not just an expert. you had lyme disease two summers ago? >> i did. i didn't have a rash. i had high fever. stiff neck. severe headache. i was severely ill. i thought about the tick, i thought about lyme dease, because i was in long island. i had blood tests and was treated early. i wavery sick for very early. and people complaining who has not been diagnosed because it affects the central nervous system, as well. and with infections of the brain, you can have behavior changes. personality changes. again, i think we have to listen, pay attention, and do some more. >> you're okay now? everything? >> totally. but i was treated very early. that's the concern, if it's not diagnosed. and it's allowed to burrow into the fish you. does that put you at risk for long-term complications?
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it can call bells palsy, the paralysis of the face. >> give us suggestions on how we can protect ourselves. >> common sense things. ticks like to be in the tall grasses and leaves. avoid tall grasses and leaves. second, wear long clothing when you're outdoors. tuck in your long pants into your socks. third, add an anti-tick repellent. talk to your pediatrician if you have a young child to see what is safe. and finally, inspect, inspect, inspect. look for the tiny ticks. they like to be behind the crease of the knees. moist places. if you see one, get tweezers. pull it off as close to the skin as you can. and the sooner you pull it off, the better. if it's been on there for more than a couple days, the chances of your being infected is much high pemp. >> and give us the symptoms again? >> when you see the bull's eye rash. >> did you have that? >> i didn't. and that does not occur with everyone. you might have fever. chills. headache.
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and joint pain and fatigue. and you can have enlarged lymph nodes. a number of things. >> i'm glad you're all right. i remember when you were talking about that. >> we have to take this seriou we have to listen to both sides. >> marie, thanks so much. appreciate that. it's not 7:47. we'll be back with much more. it's july 16th, and i'm julio perez
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with a look at the past 24 hours on royal caribbean's liberty of the seas. stingrays in the caymans gave the murrays a honeymoon to remember. ulrich from germany kissed a dolphin, right on the lips. back on the ship, the afternoon bridge action was almost non-stop. and finally, an ice cream cone was rescued... on deck 11. that's the news. why aren't you?
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of what's coming up. a "gma" health alert about tanning beds. and your skin. one health official says it's like smoking for your skin. real consequences. and we'll tell you what they are. >> especially when you put it like that, smoking for your skin. that gets your attention. and everywhere out, stars are out. we have the lemieux family here. also, from "funny people," love having the cast here. we havthe director and star today. >> adam sandler will be here. and also, amy adams will be here, too.
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>> live, and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. >> good morning and welcome back on this thursday. i am alison starling with your local update. let's look at traffic and weather. >> there is a crash for commuters who leave leesburg on the dulles greenway to get onto the dulles toll road. callers tell us there has been a wreck. see the traffic on the overpass? they are leading the greenway from 28 to get on to the toll road with a car wreck confront them. traffic will stay to the left. there are no accidents as far as the george washington parkway. northbound is heavy. that is leaving the area of the airport to get to the 395 exit. this is the outer loop in maryland and university boulevard.
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there has been a car wreck at the exit. that is 495 west leading college park on the way to 270 and college boulevard. >> 73 degrees in annandale. today we have one storm lingering and another one moving in. the thunderstorm chances are diminished today but tomorrow is a different story. temperatures today will be near 90. tomorrow will not be quite as hot. feel free to indulge in a piece of cheese cake today. it is national cheesecake day parade to celebrate, the cheesecake factory is offering half-price slices of their 30 varieties. they're offering a new flavor, as well. it is the ultimate red r
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"good morning america" continues with health alert about tanning beds. one doctor says it's like smoking for your skin. one woman's cautionary tale. plus, the ameri-can spirit. how one generous retiree, inspired a whole community to feed the needy. neighbors helping neighbors, one loaf of bread at a time. and the stars in the house. we have the director and star of "funny people" here. we have oscar nominee, amy adams. they join us to talk about their new movies. and the famous chef that inspired it all. good morning. >> good morning. how are you? >> nice to see you. >> good morning, everyone. yeah. go tide.
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go tide. good morning, america. alongside diane sawyer, i'm robin roberts. you can tell that we have some big stars here, by the people thatre out and the photographers all around the corner. >> you just heard -- can you see them down there? they're waiting for amy adams to come in. adam sandler to come in. new movies out. we'll talk with them. >> that's coming up this hour. also coming up, it's still summer. you're getting away on vacation. you could stay in a hotel or a motel. but what about staying in a tree house? how about staying in jail? how about staying in a cave? we're going to show you truly uncommon getaway combinations coming up. first, let's go to chris and the news. >> good morning, again, everybody. a deal has been reached in the battle for custody of michael jackson's children. abc news has learned jackson's mother, katherine, will get permanent custody of prince, paris and blanket. debbie rowe, the biological mother of prince and paris, will get meaningful visitation and
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keep legal parental rights. this decision still has to be presented to a probate court. >> a government health panel has now determined who should be vaccinated first against the h1n1 virus this fall. however, there are new conrns about when that vaccine will be available. let's get to lisa stark. she has the latest for us from the centers for disease control this morning. good morning, lisa. what do we know? >> reporter: well, good morning, chris. that new priority list includes those most at-risk of getting or spreading the virus. and those most at-risk of complications, even death. there is so much concern about swine flu and what may happen this fall, that committee members decided more than half of all americans should have top priority for the vaccine. even healthy college-aged students, 19 to 24. >> they're in college dorms. they're in close living situations. they circulate through society in a way that could really spread this pandemic
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>> reporter: but the biggest concern and those at the top of the list, pregnant women, health care workers, those who take care of young infants. that's to protect the babies. also those 6 months to 18 years old. and 19-year-olds to 64-year-olds with health problems. those who are healthy and over age 24, and anyone over age 65, are least affected by swine flu and last in line. >> if the people in that first tier haven't used up the vaccine, we'll expand to people over 24 years of age. >> reporter: it's likely to take two shots to provide protection. and the big question, will there be vaccine in time? it's a race, as flu season is closing in. >> everybody's working very hard to get this vaccine out as quickly as possible. but it's going to be tight. >> reporter: now, the government had hoped to have an initial 120 million doses on-hand by mid-october. but, chris, that timetable
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appears overly optimistic. >> tough to hear. we'll keep tracking this for everybody out there. well, we're just hours away from the much-discussed beer summit, triggered by the arrest of harvard professor henry gates. president obama will share a beer with gates and the arresting officer, sergeant jas s crowley. no word yet anyone plans to apologize. of course, t this is aboutuch re t than just a br. now, a attororney nel l eric holder has chime on the dete. in a an exclusive ininrview th but t said somometimes, , all ps need to keke a deep brbrthth. on anotherer issue, holder spok about his growing concerover theumber o home-grown terrists in our country. sorts for mrmichaephelelps.back th slowed hidodown e earlier th. ter u unususual s sond placace suitit. and wednesday, he swam the 200-meter butterfly in under
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1:52. that's a new world record. it's not surprising to us when phelps breaks a report. but we have to remember how huge these accomplishments are that he keeps having. good for you, mr. phelps. it's time for weather. and mr. sam champion. >> good morning, chris. and the continuing controversy with those suits that they wear. and he says that it's not just, you know, your skills. it's who's wearing the suit that they know is going to win or not win. don't you think? >> i think it's better to have a suit on than not. >> thanks for that, chris. good morning, again, everybody. how's everyone doing? good. i like that. we have a whole, new idea with the science. tell me your name? >> jean. >> jean where are you from? >> from illinois. >> jean has to say a lot of things. but keep rotating cards. >> is that good? >> good. we got them all in. let's show you one or two things we want you to know about. that is, we're talking about the weird pat northwestern the
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middle of the country. i thought i would try to explain it. see that area of high pressure that's right there. we're looking at it in nebraska. completely out of position. here's what that does. it brings in the cold air out of canada, to the middle of the country. fargo at 73. minneapolis at 70 degrees. and it brings that heat to the west because it does allow the cool air from the pacific >> oda mgoy .or mnining. tsidgmel set me s you youue. o hot and sunny low 70'sn falls church. hagerstown, 72. temperatures in the upper 80's to near 90. chance of an isolated storm. upper 60's tonight. tomorrow, a better
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i don't even know. we have like 1,000 children, i think, seriously. i hope we can all find everybody's parents when we're done with this. robin? >> it is a madhouse. love it this morning. sam, thank you. now, a "gma" medical alert. international cancer experts are once again sounding the alarm about tanning beds. but this time, they're focusing on the dangers to young people. new research finds a risk of skin cancer jumps by 75% when people start using tanning beds before the age of 30. abc's yunji de nies has more. >> reporter: for mary ann gerber, every look in the merer is a reminder. >> the worst part is i know all the damage i did to my skin, in all those years tanning. >> reporter: the self described tanaholic started her trips to the tanning salon as a teenager. >> i was happy. i felt skinny. i was good. >> reporter: that's exacy why mallory hughes laid under the
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lights. though she limited her tanning to special occasion. >> for prom, home jm coming. became popular to have that vacation glow. >> reporter: two women who were diagnosed with skin cancer before their 25th birthdays. mary ann with stage 3 melanoma. each think their love of tanning, especially tanning beds played a major role. >> i almost killed myself over a stupid tan. >> looking back, it's not worth it. >> reporter: cancer researchers say their stories are all-too common. after analyzing more than two dozen studies, they found that people under 30 who use tanning beds, increase their cancer risk by 75%. the experts put tanning beds and ultraviolet raid kags in the same categories as cigarettes, arsenic and even the sun. like the sun, tanning bulbs emit uv radiation. these are much more
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concentrated. the american cancer society says 15 to 30 h minutes in here is the same as a full day at the beach. >> i was going to do ten. i thought i was being safe about it. any amount of time in there is dangerous. >> reporter: the dangers of uv radiation are well documented. still, the industry has repeatedly said, their products are not only safe. they're good for you. >> go get a tan. your body will thank you. >> reporter: in a full-page ad out this morning, an industry group says the comparisons between indoor tanning and cigarettes are outrageously overhyped. and accuses the media of using scare tactics. >> no matter what they say and no matter how many times they tell you there's health benefits, it's not true. >> reporter: what is true, is these women affected by cancer,
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is going to have to have reenings and tests forever. >> it's something i regret. >> reporter: the tans were temporary. but the scars will last a lifetime. for "good morning america," uniyi de nies, abc news, new york. joining us now, is dermatologist, dr. doris day. we were chatting away, as we were watching the new information. we see new information, doris. but come on. to probable, to cause. we knew this was the case, didn't we? >> they were pushing it, pushing it. they kept saying we didn't have hard evidence. now, we do. it's right up. going to the tanning beds or gets excess sun exposure is right up there with hepatitis b. now, we have data to prove. >> those uva rays do not kid around. >> you're right. for the longest time, the tanning industry has said, since there's more uva rays, that made
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him safer. now, we know that uva rays are also harmful. and when you look at the melanoma rates, that's highest in women 25 to 29 years old. this is the majority of people who are going to the tanning salons. and if you add to that that a lot of these women are taking the pill for birth control, that may accelerate that skin cancer formation at a young age. >> you've often said, go with your own glow. >> i love that. >> but it's hard for people thp this is an addiction, is it not? >> yes. there is a thing called tanorexia. people want more and more san. but you can do a sunless tanner. they're available in the drugstore. you can get a spray-on tan if you want the color. and the other good news is, if you stop going to the tanning salons. if you stop the sun exposure, from a sttanning salon or the
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sunlight, your skin will repair itself. use topical retinoid, moisturizing. you can make up for some of that damage to a point. but the exposure is cumulative. if you stop, there's some repair. but there's always some damage that stays behind. >> i'm glad you said that. a lot of people will say, today is the day i stop. i'm seeing this report and will stop now. and by what you said, you're showing it can help you. >> absolutely. >> b also, is there going to be new information coming out with sun screen? >> yes. the fda rule willing come out in september. and there's about 18 months before the companies have to comp comply. and what's great about this fda ruling is it will have uva and uvb labels on the sun screen. when you go to get your sun screen, you know how much protection you're getting from uva a four-star rating. at least that's how we expect it to be. you have a four-star uva rating and an spf up to 50.
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you know your protection from both. and you can have as much protection as you like. >> and all the new bands you can wear to show when you reapply the sun screen. put it on. be generous. >> we try to make it fun. >> dr. doris day, thank you. i know how passionate you are about this. you can learn so much more about skin care and cancer at abcnewcom. .>> coming up next, the w hoonmamie s n'ioss how one man's mission to feed the needy became a mission for an entire community. come an back. everyone's nervous going back to school. ♪ a hallmark card. it's the biggest little thing you can do.
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chris and i are here because he's always looking for imaginative ways americans are helping each other. >> and there's so many to find. today, we want to introduce you to mr. wes higgins. he's down in florida, working with his community, to make sure his neighbors never have to put their kids to bed hungry. the goods may vary. >> this day, we picked up 300 bread, pies and cakes. >> reporter: but the daily deliveries arrive like clockwork. you can call it the back porch pantry for the poor. a thriving grassroots food
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delivery program, in rural dixie county, florida. >> when you work for the lord, there is no full-time job. you just do whatever needs to be done. >> reporter: a retired logger now living on a fixed income, higgins says helping the less fortunate is simply a way of life. >> when i was 5 years old, we grow our own stuff. we canned it. we went to people's houses who needed food and we'd give it to them. >> reporter: today, higgins has built an operation from 15 churches and distributions centers, across dixie county, and to the gulf coast. feeding rural families that have been hit hard by poverty. some pockets unemployment reaching 95%. >> we had over 103 people. and they had to turn four or five people away. anytime i come from the back
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door, i always ask the lord, i say, bless us oh, lord, for these thy gifts that we are about to receive for thy bounty. for some people, this wouldn't be anything. but for us, it's part of our livelihood. and i myself, depend on it. >> reporter: a dependable delivery for so many, that higgins has handled almost single-handedly, until recently. when his wavering health held the feisty 78-year-old back. >> he hasn't been that well. >> reporter: but in true ameri-can spirit, neighbors and friends stepped in. able to drive, wes now gets a lift from neighbor, sam strothers. today, they travel florida's country roads to make deliveries and pickups. >> he loves to do it. it's his passion. i want to help him as long as i can. >> reporter: some goods are purchased with donated money.
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but most are salvaged goods that need to be distributed quickly. that's where more help comes in. >> this is excellent. this is superior. >> reporter: people like bobbi, who travels 60 miles round-trip, to visit families in the rural seaside town. >> and the people i serve is -- everyone is low-income families. it's amazing. metimes i'm almost in tears. like today. look at those beautiful cakes we have. and croissants. they can't afford to buy these things. >> reporter: the operation runs seven days a week, to bring food to couples like mike and kelly bailey. >> it helps a lot. >> reporter: the slumping economy has caused mike's income to fluctuate in the past six months. and with four kids to feed, he knows what a benefit the food deliveries are to his whole community. >> one better one month, or one week we don't need it, and we have a refrigerator full,
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there's no reason to go down there and get something because you're taking away from somebody else. >> reporter: for wes and his tireless team, that spirit is the whole heartbeat of the effort. helping a neighbor in need helps us all in the end. >> when you see somebody come up here. and you give them a loaf of bread and tears run out of their eyes thanking you for it, everybody ought to be doing that. >> wes higgins. a true ameri-can to be sure. you know how we found out about wes? from you. you sent in a bmission to the website. keep doing it. and we're going to send a bread donation, as well. >> check the website for ways you can help, as well. and 78 years old. making a big difference out there. we'll be back. it's thursday, july 30th.
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good morning. i am doug mckelway. time for traffic and weather. >> we did have a minor accident that was moved out of the way near the university blvd.. traffic is moving, although slowly. you see activity on the shoulder. traffic heading toward us on the left is the outer loop. let's get another glimpse on the traffic by changing the camera. it does not want to cooperate. this is the beltway at college park. the delays begin near the ikea to university blvd.. no problems to report in virginia, just the delay from king street to washington boulevard to the 14th street bridge. >> 77 right now in silver
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spring. 17 more in woodbridge. mainly in the 70's. quite a bit of humidity. our storm chances are not so great today. they will increase tomorrow. temperatures will be held back in the mid 80's. >> thank you. .
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investigators are trying to find out what caused a fire that destroyed a home of millionaire. it broke out last night on chain bridge road. pamela brown has more. >> and intense blaze swept through and the states -- an estate this northwest neighborhood. >> i am sure the house that is burning is substantial. >> it belongs to peggy cooper cafritz.
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the fire gutted the home, severely damaging her art selection. >> where the house belongs to, they lost the place. it is really bad >> . firefighters arrived in minutes. it took them nearly two hours to begin putting in doubt. a lack of dependable water supply made the fire impossible to control. >> there was a fire truck hopes up to the fire plug in front of our house. it obviously was out of the ordinary and a little alarming. >> residence on the block have had problems with water pressure over the past few weeks. >> that was pamela brown reporting. the d.c. council tentatively
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agreed to raise some taxes to help lower the budget gap. sales tax would increase to 6%. the 20 cent a gallon gas tax would rise by three and a half cents. the council is set to vote on the in crises' tomorrow. we all need some comfort food. today is national cheesecake day. the cheesecake factory is offering a slice of cheesecake at half price. they will debut their newest flavor, the ultimate red velvet read cheesecake. for every slice i'll give you $50,000.
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don't make me suffer, please. kill me, ira. i'm begging you. >> can you at least give me a night to think about it? >> ha! think about it? you would do it? >> oh, i hate you, man. oh, no. >> ira, i misread you. you're sick. >> it's a funny scene from a funny movie called "funny people." we have the star of the cast here today. we've had great people all week. a man known as mr. adam sandler is here. with the director of the movie "funny people," mr. judd apatow. what a funny movie. we're happy to have them. >> we saw it together. and some of the humor -- some of the humor is out there. and chris is laughing wildly and looking over at me to see if i approve or not. >> with a seat between us. we were the only people there. >> i tried to laugh louder than you, to free you up to be you. anyway.
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good morning again, everybody. >> they came back, yap, yap, talking about that. and continuing the hollywood theme here this morning. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, oscar nominee, amy adams. she has a new movie out, as well, called "julie & julia." we'll talk to meryl streep on monday. >> everybody with a special relationship. you know she was a dear friend of "good morning america" for 20 years. and go to our website if you want to learn more about the movie and some of her recipes. some of her classic appearances on "good morning america." >> give us a julia child? >> no. >> come on. >> bon appetit. is that good? chris is like, no, not so much. isn't there supposed to be a space between uber stars that we're not keeping here? how can we pack so many superstars in one room?
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i don't understand. >> chairs and whips. >> we said keep them away from me. >> i love it. our audience is the luckiest audience in the world today because -- i'm telling you. let's get to the boards. we got one or two things going on this morning we want you to know about as you head out your door. we'll start on the eastern seaboard and what we call the big fly-by map. and you can see we're looking for strong storms. and all of these storms in the deep south. it's been active in the dallas and waco area. if you get in the southeast, toward atlanta, when thefiy re up, they can h d there willinand there willf atth ntall sed ta sed k continue toal tab we continue to taln ate ithrtnu veneber bfon eerermuny l,us ste never before been warmer d the day yesterday. you'll step down a bit cooler today. but you'll still have a very good morning.
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outside, some mugginess in the air. a fair amount of sunshine mixing with all that weather was brought to you by red lobster. now, diane begins our superstar tag-team. go. >> adam sandler just slid into his chair after stalking amy adams across the room. there's a new film coming out friday called "funny people." it's a wild meantation on getting girls, camaraderie, and the funny ways that people lean on each other. it's written by two of the funniest men maybe in the known and unknown universe. i'm having to go there. it's director judd apatow and
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adam sandler. can i do something? can i have the two of you lean your hds in like this? now, i'm going to put up another picture from 20 years ago. look at that. look at that. the two of you. >> we've aged so well. >> you aged beautifully. we won't ask how. but apart from that, and a lot of this is based on your years together. and you were actual roommates at one point? >> oh, yeah. for a long time. >> you were saying, judd, already adam had the buzz. and you had -- >> no buzz. >> buzzless. >> it was great living with adam. he was hilarious. and you could feel that he was going to do very well. but that was depressing for me. and led to some drinking. >> which could be the subject of an e! true hollywood story someday. throughout this, we see real footage of you. >> yes. >> back in the days. we see some of your old standup.
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we see you watching -- catching yourself on tv. old photos of you going by. was it a bit of memory lane? >> yeah. i didn't see any of tt footage for years. and all i could think was, that was about 50 pounds ago. >> one way to look at it. is this true, as it's in the movie -- i won't spoil everything by making you re-create it. that when you were roommates, at times, you would ask him to sit in the chair by the bed until you fell asleep. >> this is a judd creation. yes, i did. i like company. >> until you fell asleep? >> it just happened he was boring. and i was -- no. judd's a kind guy. i didn't want the nights to end. >> most miraculous, you did it? >> i did it. >> you would pull a chair up? >> there was a chair that he found out on the street that someone was throwing in the
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dumpster. he'd put it by his bed. he would say sit in the chair. tell me about eighth grade. he would go to sleep while i was talking. i would sneak out of the room. what just happened? >> the rest is history and movies. i want to play a clip from the movie because a lot of it is about being a comic. being funny. and even when you get the most terrifying news of your life, can't stop. watch. >> what's going on? how are we doing? >> well, your immuneyste is in the middle of a very serious battle. >> your accent's very thick. you ever notice your accent makes things sound worse than they actually are. you could give good news and i'd be like, what happened to me? i'm still dieing? >> i'm just trying to help you. >> are you mad that you died at the end of "die hard"? >> i don't understand the reference. >> i've been trying to build this cabinet from you guys for like six months. >> ikea.
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that's very funny. >> do you feel older? do you talk about being older? >> i don't feel old until i'm near those guys, the younger comedians. then i go, yeah. i am old. >> how much time do you spend talking about time going by? mortality? >> i get calls from adam sometimes late at night. and he'll say, remember when we used to go to red lobster back in the day and have a great meal and do standup? we talked about it because we were young. all we did was worked 20 minutes a night doing standup at the improv. the rest of the day, we'd go to the mall. >> you would really make prank calls together. the movie starts -- i won't spoil everything. but it starts with hilarious prank calls that kind of seemed real. >> i did that a lot. and judd joined. >> playing old ladies. >> i would always play somebody who was complaining about
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something. and judd would play my son or my husband. someone in my life. my male nurse for a while. >> one time i came home at 2:00 in the morning. there's no one in the apartment. and i hear adam talking. he's alone in his room making phony phone calls. it was very disturbing. he wasn't trying to amuse anybody. >> you're both married. you both have two daughters. >> yes. >> yes. >> and very different stiles of parenting. >> i don't know. what's the difference? >> i ask it. >> simple. we both love our kids. we both talk to them. >> and your children, your girls are in the movie. but they can't see it. they're not allowed to see it. >> t ny'reot allowed to see the movie. i'm editing a version of the movie just for my 11-year-olds. >> how long would it be? >> it's eight minutes. adam's not in it. >> well, again, if chris cuomo has to keep looking at me to see
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if i approve, you get a sense. >> he's a gentleman, chris. >> he is a gentleman. and the movie is called "funny people." it's about time slipping away in some ways. and being very funny at the same time. >> that's nice. cominerextnext,, julie loves target, it's got the supplies teacher told her to get and for a great deal. she also expects he'll love the sandwich. she expects he'll think of her
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when he sees the note. so she shops target. gotta have deals on the stuff she's gotta get. target. expect more. pay less. breakfast. it's kind of early, buddy. you've got to need to take some cholesterol off you. honey, have you been reading the cheerios box again? he got that off the box. (announcer) cheerios is made with 100% natural whole grain oats to help lower your cholesterol. that was very thoughtful of you. very early, but very thoughtful. (announcer) cheerios. good for the heart.
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tells me it's very important to get all the water off because if there's any liquid in it, it dilutes thflavor of butter and cheese. first, cheese on. then, the butter on. and the cheese makes the butter stick on. oh. beautiful. diet food, the best type. >> that was julia child, cooking in parma, italy, right here for "gma." this summer, there's a new movie about the late famed chef. "julie & julia," starring amy
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adams and meryl streep. it's so good to have you here with us. >> it's nice to be here. >> our audience is lucky. they had adam and judd. now, we have you here. and the great smes that we have. >> it's amazing, isn't it? >> was that the best-smelling set you've worked on? >> it was. we had fresh food to smell and to eat and enjoy every day. >> you look fantastic. you couldn't have enjoyed too much of it. >> we shot it a while ago. i've sort of worked it all off. >> i heard the other ones said they feign gained a little weight. meryl streep gained like 20 pounds. and some of your co-stars. you're good? >> i didn't get on a scale. as long as my costumes fit. >> i like your philosophy. you have the skinny jeans and the jeans where you know you had a little too much. but don't do the scales, right? >> exactly. >> let's describe the dish that's right next to us right
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here. how you and julia would say this delectable dish. >> this is beaffborgenon. that's how julia would say it. >> that's well-said. was it not? >> it's like a french beef stew. it's delicious. really rich. and it smells fantastic. >> diane said she would make this back in the day. that was her go-to dish. you have to make it a couple of times. you have to see the movie to understand. let's play a bit of a clip. this scene, you were learning how to poach an egg. wasn'to easy. >> no. >> let's take a look first. >> i have this notion, god knows why, that poaching eggs would be simple. but i was deeply wrong. >> push the white over the yolk with a wooden spoon for two to three seconds. immediately.
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>> eww. disgusting. >> maybe the eggs aren't fresh. julia says the eggs have to be fresh. >> they are fresh. >> don't bite my head off. i'm just quoting julia. >> just quoting julia. did you do a fair amount of cooking before the movie? >> i did. but i didn't appreciate the fine points of cooking. >> were you able to stay away from the butter? >> i never ate butter. i knew about butter. i had heard out it. it was that strange thing they put on the table with the bread. but i am so in love with butter because of this movie. i eat it with everything now. >> you could not cook a dish from julia child without, like, a vast amount of butter. you and meryl streep, nominated for your stellar roles in
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"doubt." you're working with her again. you're not sharing the screen at the same time. what do you learn working with someone like meryl streep? >> so much. she's a great human being. she has a great work ethic. it's all of those things that we want to believe, that hard work pays off. and meryl is such a hard worker. her talent is unbelievable. and she's so fantastic in this movie. i have to say. >> the same can be said for you, my friend. the way you have really -- all the roles that you truly own. what do you want to do next? >> i don't know. i'm not sure what i want to do next. that's a good question. i think i want to go on vacation, to be honest. i want a vacation. >> it's -- people don't understand. like you said, you shot this a while o. then, you have to go and be around a lot of kitchen equipment when talking about it. no time, really, for yourself sometimes, right? >> i shot three films since that. i'm on the third film since then. i love it. i absolutely love it. i'm very lucky. >> we can't get enough of you.
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and it is delightful. i watched it last night with my mom. there's very few films now where you can sit there with a parent and not be all tense because of what's going to come up. it is delightful. >> thank you. >> continued success in all that you do. i hope you get that vacation. >> me, too. >> "julie & julia" opens on the 2nd. check out our wage at abcnews.com. i won't try the bon appetit. >> i'm not great at it. >> you thought it was meryl streep. >> i thought it was meryl streep. i didn't know it was julia child. >> she knew. >> she nails it so beautifully. >> you do, too. am
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all morning long, we've been talking about this. and we want to show it to you. pass the hotels from now on. and pick some odd places to stay. why not? sara is here, the associate editor of "travel and leisure" magazine. these are what we've been talking about all day long. let's go directly to jail. >> the jailhouse in southern minnesota is a wonderful place to go, if you're looking for some place with adventure. you're going to stay in a jail cell. they have a room for $140 a night. while you're there, you're not going to be locked out. there's hiking. there's biking. there's antiquing. if you're looking for something, a little different, the jailhouse is for you. >> do they close the door when you stay? >> i think you could do it if you wanted to. >> now, get out of jail and jump on the train. it's a railway inn. >> yes. the nap by valley railway in, in northern california, is a great
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way if you're interested in planes, trains and baubles. >> this looks nice. >> 100 years old. authentic railway cars. they just got the coffee caboose, if you're looking for french-pressed coffee in the morning. an orange and currant scone. two doors away is the laundry. >> phenomenal. if we had that on our "gma" rail trip, would have been for real. kokopell ice cave. >> you're going to be staying in a cave, below ground. it's in a sandstorm formation that's 65 million years old. >> that's cool. i it is c cool. if y you're into nature or a geologist, there's ls to see. in farmington, new mexico, at the four corners. beautiful sunsets. you're where new mexico, arizona, colorado andtah meet. and you're in a cave. >> how about this? a tree house. >> if you're not afraid
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heights, you might consider the cedar creek tree house. at mt. rainier park. you're going to be five flights up. it's 200 years old. it's strong. not to worry. you're up. there's two double-beds, a hammock. and beautiful views of mt. rainier national park. that's the most prominent peak in all the northwest. >> and i think there's no better way to see it than that. this is great that you found these odd things. now, i love every one of these except maybe this one. staying in a submarine. >> yes. at the oregon museum of science and industry, you can stay in the "uss fastback" submarine. bring your kids. $55, per person, per night. you come. check the schedule. it doesn't happen all the time. you bring a sleeping bag. they offer a late-night snack. the following morning, free admission to the museum. one of the most advanced
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planetariums in the country. >> mattress not to thick on the submarine. little tiny. great ideas. thank you for kind of making us think. if we're staying close to home, we can still do great things on vacation. >> so manied a eventual rouse hotels. and travelandleisure.com has more. we'll be rig
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kelly clarkson, performing live here tomorrow. be with us. have a great day. >> live and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. good morning. i am dg mckelway. let's get a look at traffic and weather. >> heading ready to head into falls church, i will tell you to avoid 66 westbound with a vehicle fire after glebe road
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wrote. it will cost you a few minutes because they have shut the road down to put out the flames. then they will let traffic get by. we have the beltway in montgomery county. there is a wreck on the left side. look at the pace of traffic. we will take you next to virginia, 95 northbound out of virginia. lanes are open to the pentagon. i understand your son is visiting. >> he is indeed. he says hello. he is having a good time. silver spring, 79. temperatures will get to near 90 degrees. one storm system is off to the north east. another is off to the southwest. it to be a pretty decent day. it will be muggy again tonight.
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temperatures will be held back a few degrees. saturday it looks good. more storms on sunday. >> thank you. d.c. leaders will discuss the controversial doctors program. anthony williams and other district officials will hold a conference on vouchers. thank you for watching. we will be back at noon.
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